Acne-prone skin and sensitive skin often go hand in hand. Irritation is the most common concern among acne sufferers because it almost always leads to breakouts. So, the 1 million dollar question is: how well does micro dermabrasion work on sensitive skin?
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Before continuing, you might want to read about the top home microdermabrasion kits reviewed and compared by myself and my friends (I really like home microderm systems because they are convenient to use and don't break the bank) or find out more about doctor-performed microdermabrasion.
The medical microabrasion procedure is designed to remove dead skin cells without touching any live tissue. It can only irritate the skin if it's poorly performed or if poor quality crystals and skincare products are used (which is rare, but it does happen). With personal micro dermabrasion, however, things aren't as simple.
Like all home exfoliation treatments, self microdermabrasion creams can irritate the skin to some extent. It's not the exfoliation itself that causes irritation (unless you abrade the skin too much) but the chemicals in the product which trigger adverse reactions.
Since irritation can lead to acne breakouts it's important that your physician puts you on the most gentle microdermabrasion formula first, before trying a more aggressive product (Neutrogena is fairly gentle but Micro Pearl Abrasion is the most gentle product that's effective). People with severe acne should avoid all at-home systems since it's unlikely that their skin will tolerate them.
Some people with sensitive skin react quite well to microderm abrasion but others simply don't. Most micro-crystal creams on the market are formulated for normal skin types which tolerate chemicals and comedogenic ingredients fairly well. An overly sensitive skin doesn't, which is why some people end up wishing they'd never touched one of these personal microdermabrasion systems.
Dermanew is the only company I know to have a special personal micro dermabrasion kit for acne-prone skin. It uses aspirin to counteract any irritation and inflammation other ingredients in the cream may cause. Susan Lucci's Youthful Essence, on the other hand, has a special micro-crystal cream formula for sensitive skin. Micro Pearl Abrasion and Dr. Brandt are the most effective microderm abrasion systems on sensitive skin. And SkincareRX's Microdermabrasion System, my latest microdermabrasion kit review, has special discs for sensitive skin.
Sensitive skin may not tolerate office-performed skin resurfacing either. It's not the exfoliation or vacuum that's the problem but the fact that the newly revealed skin layer is too sensitive and thin to be fully exposed to environmental factors. On the other hand, some of the before and after products (cleanser, moisturizer, etc) may be the ones to cause adverse reactions. You can try using your own skincare products instead.
The fact is that microdermabrasion will simply not work for some people. Since it's the most gentle of all skin resurfacing procedures, someone who doesn't tolerate microderm abrasion will probably not tolerate any other skin rejuvenation technique either. If you have skin that sensitive, microderm abrasion is a blessing because if you have it first, before other more invasive rejuvenation procedures, and see that it doesn't suit you, any damage done to the skin is minimal. The same cannot be said about chemical peels which are invasive and can cause permanent damage.
Next, a few words on home vs clinic micro dermabrasion.
A: Some doctors say that professional microdermabrasia can work on mild acne without any risk of irritation or break-outs. There are a few studies published online that show that microdermation can be an effective treatment for mild acne. Other specialists recommend against using microdermoabrasion as acne treatment, especially on moderate or severe acne. Acne makes the skin more sensitive and prone to breakouts and exfoliation can cause severe scarring and additional inflammation.
A: Both at home and doctor's office micro derm abrasion work on the same principle and have the same reported results: reduction of fine lines, superficial scars, age spots and acne scars. But home micro derma abrasion procedures cannot offer the same effectiveness you get from doctor microdermal abrasions treatments on more severe skin imperfections.
A: Uneven pigmentation may occur after micro abrasion treatment if the machine is not handled correctly by the specialist performing it.
A: This procedure exfoliates the top layer of skin which consists of dead skin cells. Microderm abrasion cream stimulates collagen production, essential to healthy skin and also evens out skin texture and tone.
A: We recommend that you wait until you deliver your baby and finish the nursing period before microdermbrasion Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and nursing and microdermabrasion equipment may cause irritation or severe scarring. This procedure is also not recommended for pregnant and nursing women because hormonal changes during this period may reduce the effectiveness of the procedure.
A: In some cases, derma microabrasion is covered by medical insurance. If the main purpose of the procedure is scar removal or reducing cancerous skin irregularities, burns or other severe injuries, the insurance company may cover the cost. Your physician is qualified to give you an exact answer based on the particularities of your condition.
A: By exfoliating the top layer of the skin, derma microabrasion machines clean deep into the pore and removes excess oil and dirt that clog pores - which causes blackheads. Most blackheads are removed while more stubborn blackheads are reduced.
A: If you have the full series of doctor-performed microdermasion treatments and then a maintenance session every 2-3 months, the results will last for as long as you have maintenance procedures.
A: You should not have micro derm abrasion if you've used a alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) product in the last 14 days because the two exfoliating procedures combined are too aggressive and might affect your skin's ability to recover. This applies to home cream and clinic treatment.
A: Yes, board certified estheticians can perform microdermibrasion if they have been specifically trained for it and can prove it with a diploma or certification.
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